Comptroller says officials take too long to adjudicate public records disputes

A report by the Office of the State Comptroller found that the Government Records Council (GRC) is taking too long – an average of 21 months – to adjudicate Open Public Records Act (OPRA) disputes.    The GRC is an entity within the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that accepts complaints from members of the public when localContinue reading “Comptroller says officials take too long to adjudicate public records disputes”

New Jersey communities waste millions on unreliable surveillance technology

More than 90% of all ShotSpotter alerts turn up nothing but the technology is paid for by taxpayers in a number of poor New Jersey communities, including Atlantic City, Camden, East Orange, Newark, Paterson, Plainfield and Trenton. As Newark confronts a surge in shootings and homicides, the city installed more than 30 school buildings inContinue reading “New Jersey communities waste millions on unreliable surveillance technology”

New Jersey is a loser in the latest multimillion-dollar federal allocation

Once again, federal officials have announced multimillion-dollar grant awards and New Jersey appears to be a loser, based on allocations from the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). Fourteen school districts in Arkansas will share a total of more than $5 million while eight New Jersey communities will divvy up only $3.2 million from the nearlyContinue reading “New Jersey is a loser in the latest multimillion-dollar federal allocation”

Trump is everywhere, Biden is nearly invisible as midterm election looms

In two weeks, Americans will elect a new Congress. While 2020 loser Donald Trump is already using this election campaign as a platform for the next presidential race, President Joe Biden has a different strategy. As the midterm elections draw closer, the President has been spending more time trying to help Democratic candidates in toughContinue reading “Trump is everywhere, Biden is nearly invisible as midterm election looms”

Cheated clients paid $502,730 but lawyer discipline is rare in New Jersey

During the third quarter of 2022, the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, funded by the state’s lawyers and judges, paid $502,730.34 to clients for losses caused by eight lawyers, according to the Board of Trustees, but only rarely do members of the legal profession face formal complaints and disciplinary action is even moreContinue reading “Cheated clients paid $502,730 but lawyer discipline is rare in New Jersey”

Governor Phil Murphy sued for racial & sex discrimination

AFSCME New Jersey Council 63 filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration for racial and gender-based discrimination. AFSCME represents approximately 6,000 front-line state employees in New Jersey’s veterans homes, psychiatric hospitals, developmental centers, Division of Children and Families and other agencies. The lawsuit comes after the March 2022 decisionContinue reading “Governor Phil Murphy sued for racial & sex discrimination”

Two New Jersey synagogues in ADL’s Action Against Antisemitism program

Beth El Synagogue, in Margate, and Congregation Beth El, in Voorhees, are the only New Jersey temples among the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) first cohort of 113 synagogues participating in its inaugural Kulanu: Synagogues in Action Against Antisemitism program. Representing 27 states and all of the major strains of organized Judaism, the synagogues will have exclusive access toContinue reading “Two New Jersey synagogues in ADL’s Action Against Antisemitism program”

A 15-year-old ballet dancer was killed 40 years ago. Her death is a mystery.

For decades, the Thor family has hoped to learn more than the grim news they received in 1982, when searchers found Sharon Thor’s bludgeoned body in the woods, about a quarter mile from the family’s home on John E. Busch Avenue. On October 26, 1982, at about 5:30 p.m., the 15-year-old was preparing to leaveContinue reading “A 15-year-old ballet dancer was killed 40 years ago. Her death is a mystery.”

Spelling may not count when Trenton picks a mayor in November

A candidate for mayor in Trenton is promising “accountablity” according to banners hung illegally over public roadways from bridges, offering some lighthearted humor in a bitter race that will be decided on November 8. Two City Council members—City Council President Kathy McBride and West Ward Councilwoman Robin Vaughn—are challenging Mayor Reed Gusciora in a nonpartisanContinue reading “Spelling may not count when Trenton picks a mayor in November”

Cannabis complicates council campaign

The rapidly growing billion-dollar legal cannabis market is having a far-reaching and dramatic impact on numerous industries in an atmosphere of constantly changing state laws but questions raised regarding the legality and ethical propriety of one community’s handling of marijuana matters could make a lopsided political majority meaningless as elections near. There are five candidatesContinue reading “Cannabis complicates council campaign”

Trenton’s 18th murder is fatal fire

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a fatal fire in the city. On Sunday, October 24, 2022, the Trenton Fire Department was dispatched to a residence in the first block of Summer Street after midnight. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they located the body of a deceased adultContinue reading “Trenton’s 18th murder is fatal fire”

Chinese spies in NJ tried to disrupt protests & US courts, recruit agents

Federal prosecutors on Monday accused nearly a dozen alleged Chinese spies of trying to interfere with American courts, recruit agents, and disrupt protests. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the cases represented the Chinese government’s attempts to “undermine the rule of law” and American institutions. FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that “if the Chinese government,Continue reading “Chinese spies in NJ tried to disrupt protests & US courts, recruit agents”

Chinese spies charged in New Jersey for targeting people in United States

A federal indictment was unsealed today charging four Chinese nationals, including three Ministry of State Security (MSS) intelligence officers, in connection with a long-running intelligence campaign targeting individuals in the United States to act as agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger and National Security Division Assistant Attorney GeneralContinue reading “Chinese spies charged in New Jersey for targeting people in United States”

Deadly police shooting in Paterson under investigation

A police officer shot and killed a Florida man who fled the scene of a motor vehicle accident carrying a fake firearm on October 10, 2022. The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the fatal police-involved shooting that occurred in Paterson, N.J. The male civilian who sustained fatal injuries has been identified as Hui Zhang, 33,Continue reading “Deadly police shooting in Paterson under investigation”

Two injured during daytime drive-by shooting in Elizabeth

Two people were injured Wednesday afternoon, during a drive-by shooting near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Boyle Place in Elizabeth. One victim sustained a minor bullet wound in the leg while another person was struck by the vehicle used by the shooter as the guman made his get away from the scene. Police foundsContinue reading “Two injured during daytime drive-by shooting in Elizabeth”

No charges in fatal police shooting of robber

A state grand jury has voted not to file any criminal charges at the conclusion of its deliberations regarding the death of James M. Sutton, 55, of Keansburg, N.J., who died when three officers of the Keansburg Police Department fired their service weapons at him on January 6, 2022 in Keansburg. The Attorney General’s OfficeContinue reading “No charges in fatal police shooting of robber”

Middlesex County man charged with child pornography

A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man was charged today in connection with production of child pornography. Sunil Vaid, 50, of North Brunswick, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of production of child pornography. He appeared on Oct. 18, 2022, before U.S. Magistrate Judge André M. Espinosa and was detained. According to U.S.Continue reading “Middlesex County man charged with child pornography”

McCormick is pleased that MoveOn.org abandoned plan to endorse Menendez

Port Authority Commissioner Robert Menendez, Jr., the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, is all but assured a victory in the heavily Democratic 8th district but a progressive leader is celebrating victory in her campaign to deny the crooked lawmaker’s unqualified offspring the endorsement of a national grassroots organization. Lisa McCormick, who was the onlyContinue reading “McCormick is pleased that MoveOn.org abandoned plan to endorse Menendez”

Nevada woman indicted on charges in $7 million advance fee Ponzi scheme

A Nevada woman was indicted on wire fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice charges related to a $7 million advance fee Ponzi scheme and obstructing the government’s investigation. Anna Kline, formerly Jordana Weber, 33, of Sparks, Nevada, is charged by indictment with two counts of wire fraud, 11 counts of money laundering, four countsContinue reading “Nevada woman indicted on charges in $7 million advance fee Ponzi scheme”

New Jersey lawsuit says oil and gas companies lied about global warming

New Jersey Division officials today filed a lawsuit on behalf of state residents against five oil and gas companies and a petroleum trade association, alleging they knowingly made false claims to deceive the public about the existence of climate change and the degree to which their fossil fuels products have been acerbating anthropogenic global warming.Continue reading “New Jersey lawsuit says oil and gas companies lied about global warming”